Katherine Nelson -"Selected Drawings from a Foreign Assignment"


November 13, 2009 - November 28, 2009

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene is proud to feature Katherine Nelson –Selected Drawings from a Foreign Assignment, an exhibition featuring new charcoal drawings of landscapes, marionettes, and gargoyles.  The opening reception is on Friday, November 13, 2009 from 5-8 in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Downtown Art Walk.  Everyone is welcome. 

This show is sponsored by DOMA Coffee Roasting Company.  We thank them for their fine coffee, commitment to community and support of the arts in our region.


November Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-6.



The Art Spirit Gallery has represented Colbert, Washington artist Katherine Nelson for the past 8 years.  Currently, Katherine has joined her husband who is employed by Itron on a 3 year assignment in Brussels, Belgium.  Traveling abroad to study foreign landscapes and architecture is not a new experience for Katherine.  As a youth she spent 12 years in Europe with her parents who were on assignment for the US Government.  Katherine is pleased to once again create a body of work that captures the sensations and understanding of residing abroad. 

Katherine’s work has been shown predominately on the east and west coasts in the United States.  However, this opportunity to live in Brussels is allowing her to receive international recognition. She just completed a solo exhibit in September/October 2009 at “The HUB”, the European Media Center located in the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. 

She has also been invited to the Musee Palais de Tokyo in Paris to conduct a workshop in March 2010, where she is honored to be the first American to participate in the Madame Tok Tok educational forum. 



The landscape is a continuously evolving living and dramatic visual entity.  I am enamored with deeply patterned plowed earth, green wheat, scenic roadways, dark forests, idyllic hills, and topiary.  Contrasting light, organic forms, textures and patterns upon the earth captivate my imagination.  The land contains simultaneously feminine and masculine visual elements appearing abundantly fertile.  Roadways are a metaphor for the choices one makes on the journey of life.  Most of us hope that the road we find ourselves on is simply the “right” choice.

Charcoal is a means for me to visually express and recreate the drama in the environments around me.  Charcoal enhances my subject matter giving it a timelessness and that other world quality so hard to describe but to which I am deeply drawn.  I depart from color without sacrificing elements of light, value, shape, texture, and thereby, further exaggerate the subject.  Charcoal is technically a dry medium but I find it to be totally fluid as I manipulate it across the surface of my paper.

For me charcoal is also the most illuminating medium of choice as I spend just as much time erasing the image as adding to it to build up a drawing to the point of completion.  In choosing charcoal over any other medium I am able to create an image that will always have an open surface for revision...a quality which is heavenly to me.

-Katherine Nelson



-Master of Arts in Drawing. State University of New York. Albany, New York.
-College of St. Rose. Albany, New York. Visiting Arts Student.
-Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, New York.
-Elected Periclean Honor Society Scholar.
-Sweet Briar College. Sweet Briar, Virginia. Visiting Honors Student.
-Born in The Hague, The Netherlands.
-Lived abroad 15 years in Holland, Germany, Turkey, and Belgium.
-Long Distance Cyclist. West Coast International Bicycle Classic: 1662 miles/25 days. Elected to create tour into a fundraiser event for American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
-The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art.“Selected Drawings from a Foreign Assignment.” Coeur d’Alene ID.
-The U.S. Department of State European Media Center “THE HUB” at The Embassy of the United States of America. Brussels, Belgium. “Charcoal Drawings.” Exhibit installed September and October 2009.
-The American Women's Club of Brussels. “Recent Charcoals.”Brussels, Belgium.
-The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. “The Circle in the Center and Beyond.” Coeur d’Alene, ID
-North Idaho College. “More Inspiration.” Coeur d’Alene, ID
-The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. “Land, Light, Form.” Coeur d'Alene, ID
-The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. “The Palouse and Other Inspirations in Charcoal.” Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Merrill-Jennings Galleries. “The Nature Show: Flora, Feathers, and Fur.” Gallery Artist. Davidson, NC
-Pastis. “Avian Series.” Charlotte, NC
-Art Vivant Gallery. “Bird Series.” Charlotte, NC
-Bethlehem Education Center. “Gardens.” Delmar, NY
-Rensselaer County Council for the Arts: Auction Fundraiser. Troy, NY
 -Photography Regional Exhibition. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY
-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “Topiary Gardens.” Troy, NY
-The Palouse. Chase Gallery, Spokane City Hall. Spokane, WA. Spokane Arts Commission. 
Two person exhibit: Katherine Nelson and William Turner
-New Work by 11 Artists! The Art Spirit Gallery. Coeur d’ Alene, ID
-13 Artists on Friday the 13th! The Art Spirit Gallery. Coeur d’ Alene
-Eye For Art. Exhibition for Mead Schools Educational Fund. Mead, WA
-McGlade’s. Featured Regional Artist Series. Mead, WA
-Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Selected artist for the Sandpoint, Idaho Extreme Home.
-Chase Gallery Juried Exhibition. Juror: Steve Gibbs. Spokane, WA
-Colbert Presbyterian Church. Artist Series. Colbert, WA.2004
-Twenty - first Art About Agriculture Inaugural Tour 2004 Exhibit.Oregon State University. Jurors: Harrison Branch, Tallmadge Doyle, John Olbrantz Tour: Guistina Art Gallery at OSU, The Rogue Art Gallery, Medford: The Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles, OR--Exhibition is sponsored in part by the Smithsonian Institution “American Garden Legacy Series.”
-Grand Opening of New Location Exhibit. The Art Spirit Gallery. Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Raw Space. Chase Gallery. Spokane, WA
-Small Art Works Invitational. The Art Spirit Gallery. Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Monthly Changing Exhibits. The Art Spirit Gallery. Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Raw Space. Chase Gallery. Spokane, WA
-Monthly Changing Exhibits. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC
-The Miniature Show. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC
-Magical Mystery. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC
-Skidmore College Juried Alumni Exhibition. Saratoga Springs, NY
-Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, NC
-Aida’s. Charlotte, NC
-Art Vivant Gallery. Charlotte, NC
-The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY
-Zoologic. Russell Sage College. Troy, NY
Masque 94. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY
-Paper Moon. The Rensselaer County Council for the Arts. Troy, NY
-Wild Beasts. Smithy Pioneer Gallery. Cooperstown, NY
-The Nature of Drawing. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY
-Masque 93. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY
-Faculty Invitational. Middlebury College. Middlebury, VT
-Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition. Schenectady -Museum. Schenectady, NY
Juror: Walter Hatke
-The Albany Biennial Exhibition: Interplay 1992. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY. Juror: Ron Netsky
-Masque 92. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY
-Rensselaer County Council for the Arts “Drawings" exhibit curated by Sharon Bates at Allegro Cafe, Troy, NY
-A Collage of Auctions. Fundraiser Event. Rensselaer County Council for the Arts. Troy, NY
-Flora and Fauna. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY
-Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region. Albany Institute of History and Art. Juror: Ken Johnson, contributing editor for ART IN AMERICA magazine.
-Master’s Thesis Exhibition. SUNYA. Albany, NY
-Annual Faculty Exhibition. Bethlehem Central School District. Delmar, NY
-Arts Festival Invitational. Saratoga Springs, NY
-Senior Thesis Exhibition. Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY
-Graphics VIII Invitational. Museum of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC
-Instructor of Art Education Methods. University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Charlotte, NC
-Art Department Advisor and Teacher. Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School. Davidson, NC. DIBMS is recognized as the Highest Performing Middle School in the State of North Carolina and “A School of Excellence” award winner.
-“The Learning Garden” Author and facilitator of an original educational program model integrating the arts with core subjects to create a topiary garden on the front grounds of the school with the students of Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School.
Coordinated project with guest lectures and demonstrations from artist Pearl Fryar.
Raised funds for the project with an auction of original topiary sculptures. 
Project generated publication in local news magazines, television coverage, and interest from higher educational professionals studying the International Baccalaureate Educational Model and the arts. Traveled to Boston, MA to present project to Jessica 
Davis, Arts in Education Director at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Professor Ju-i Yuan, Harvard Visiting Scholar 98-99 from National Taipei Teachers College, Taiwan.
-Independent Mural Contractor. Designed and painted murals for corporate and residential accounts.
-Art Teacher. Garinger High School. Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools. Charlotte, NC
-Tenured Art Teacher. Bethlehem Central Middle School. Delmar, NY
-The Scotsman Newspaper. Paul Motwani. Grand Master Chess Strategy: ”What’s black, white, ... December 2008
-The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Carrie Scozzarro. “Palouse Pair” . Art Feature article. 
June 12- 18, 2008 edition.
-The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. “Paintings, Pens, and Palouse” Tammy Marshall. May 1, 2008.
-The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Cover Art and three illustrations for the 2006 Fiction Contest 
winner. Dec.21-27 edition.
-The Sentinel. A&E Feature Story. “Palouse Artist Displays Talent with ‘More Inspiration’ gallery. Michelle
Haase. October 9, 2006. Coeur d’Alene, ID
-The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Ted S. McGregor, Jr. ‘INLANDER PICKS’. November 10, 2005.
-Artisan Northwest Magazine. Second page photo. Art Spirit Gallery. Fall 2005 Edition.
-The Coeur d’ Alene Art Guide. Cover photo 2004. Coeur D’ Alene, ID 2003 The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Sherri Boggs. “Ghosts of the Harvest”. September 18th Edition 2003. pages 24 and 25.
-Lake Norman Magazine. Mimi Sherman. “Creative Endeavors: A Quarterly Series on Artists and Craftspeople of Lake Norman”. June Edition 2001. Pages 18 and 19.
-The Leader. Kathleen Keener. March Edition. Schenectady, NY
-Feature Page: Art Vivant Gallery. February 15, 1996. Charlotte, NC.
-The Daily Gazette. Peg Churchill Wright. December 2, 1993. Albany, NY.
-The Times Union. Preview Section. William Jaeger. November 18, 1993. Albany, NY
-The Spotlight. November 18, 1992. Albany, NY.
-The Times Union. November 6, 1992. Albany, NY.
-Ken Johnson: Contributor for ART IN AMERICA: Juror’s Essay. “Contemporary Art the Dark Side: A Perspective on This Year’s Regional”. Exhibition Catalog June 23, 1990. Page 7. Artists of the 
Mohawk Hudson Region.
-NEA Grant Participant. Charlotte’s Web Internet Web Site Development. Charlotte, NC
-S.O.S. Grant from the NY Foundation for the Arts & the RCCA of Troy, NY.
-Audrey Abbuhl Merit Award. The Albany Biennial: Interplay 1992. The Rice Gallery:
Albany Institute of History and Art. Juror: Ron Netsky
-2nd Prize. Annual Spring Juried Exhibition. Laighton Gallery, Troy, NY
-ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Selected artist for the Sandpoint, Idaho Extreme Home.
-Interview with news anchor. WBTV Channel 3 News. Charlotte, NC. Feature story on Topiary art forms and my students’ participation in a project I designed with nationally recognized
topiary artist Pearl Fryar.
-Carolinas Healthcare Systems TV Commercial. Filmed as sole participant in the role of a professional artist. Created all art for set. Boulevard Films Production. Charlotte, NC
-Colbert Presbyterian Church. Mural created as a charitable donation. Colbert, WA
-Cabin Fever High Country Furniture and Design. Commission for 1000 square foot landmark outdoor mural for store front. Mural design to be seen from highway. Maggie Valley, NC
-Taste of New York Deli. Commission for 900 square foot NY City Skyline mural on interior. Pineville Shopping Center, Pineville, NC
-Consolidated Theaters at Phillips Place Shopping Center in Southpark. The Harris Group and Herman Stone, President of Consolidated Theaters. Commission for two permanent window installation murals. Charlotte, NC